Five Wisconsin Beer Gardens to Enjoy this Fall
Last Updated: 12/15/2014
Popularized in 19th Century Bavaria, Beer Gardens have become popular hangouts and social staples across the world in recent years. As relaxing, outdoor venues for enjoying friends, family and beer, beer gardens—or bier gartens—provide comfortable community environments perfect for fall. With Wisconsin certainly no stranger to a frosty brew and possessing a number of budding beer-centric establishments, there are a host of blossoming gardens to explore.
Established in 2012 as the first public beer garden in America in over 100 years, Estabrook melds German traditionalism with home-grown Wisconsin charm. Resting on a bluff overlooking a waterfall and the Milwaukee River, Estabrook is a lush public meeting space and an essential spot for nature lovers and beer lovers alike. Come take a walk, grab a Munich-import in a ½ liter glass and enjoy the fall at one of Wisconsin’s most unique, public hangouts.
Memorial Union Terrace – Madison
Known for its brightly colored chairs and picturesque lakefront setting, UW-Madison’s Memorial Union Terrace is Wisconsin’s famous, college-style Beer Garden. If you’re into live music, cheap suds and a Badger atmosphere, the Terrace is a youthful beer garden to take you back to your early drinking days and keep the fun going. Take a dip in Lake Mendota, catch a set from a great local or touring band and split a pitcher of Wisconsin beer with friends!
Capital Brewery – Middleton
Hand-crafted beers, live entertainment and the company of your friends, family and dogs are some of the simple pleasures Capital Brewery offers with its bier garten. A spacious patio attached to Capital’s beer-making facility, the bier garten is old-school place for throwing back a few after a long day of work or relaxing on a weekend afternoon. If you want to see how beer is made and then enjoy its perks, Capital Brewery is perfect for you!
Otto’s Beer and Brat Garden – Minocqua
An old German-style Beer Hall, Otto’s is a relic of the Northwoods equipped with a menu of eighty brews, a slew of delicious sausages and of course a beer garden! With suits of armor, buffalo heads and beer steins adorning the hall and a spacious patio to enjoy a pint, conversation and the Minocqua Fall, make sure Otto’s isn’t the last call on your beer-friendly Wisconsin trip.
Stone Cellar Brewpub – Appleton
A gem of the Fox Valley, Stone Cellar pairs a rustic, underground vault with an open-air beer garden that’ll keep you relaxed and happy into the fall. With a vine-wrapped brick setting and a series of home-brewed beers to choose from, Stone Cellar presents a beer garden vibe all of its own. Plus, promoting extensive sustainability practices and showcasing a plethora of local food options on its menu, Stone Cellar takes community ideals to the next level—with delicious results.